Bao Borough Review

Bao Borough is the newest restaurant from Bao, an exquisite tapas style Taiwanese restaurant known for their delicious steamed buns. We love Bao, the restaurant and the steamed buns, and have dined at Bao Fitzrovia approaching ten times the past two years. Bao Borough is unique from other Bao restaurants because there is a keen focus on grilled dishes, which I also love.

Bao Borough is on the edge of the vibrant Borough Market. The décor is casual and fun, and the vibe is reminiscent of a no-frills Chinatown restaurant. The service is professional and prompt, although it lacks a bit of warmth. Now the food 😁.


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Beef Shortrib BAO

This is simply great and we never fail to order it. It’s so great we don’t ever consider sharing one. The buns are so soft and delicious, and the beef shortrib is juicy and incredibly well seasoned. 

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Curry Cheese BAO

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this, but it was good. Especially because it was well spicy. 

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Chicken Nugget BAO

The bun is clearly different but almost as delicious, and the chicken nugget is perfectly crisp on the outside and succulent inside.


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Taiwanese Fried Chicken, Hot Sauce

This was decent. It wasn’t as succulent as the chicken nugget but not too far off. But it’s all about the hot sauce, which had the right amount of heat and spice. 


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Chilli Chicken Wings, Aged White Soy

We loved these juicy wings, and it’s all about the rich marinade. You’d want more than three, trust me. 

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Aged Lamb Cutlets

Ohhh my God! Absolutely delicious. I had the sauce all over my mouth because I tried to eat every last bit of meat on the cutlet. Everything was perfect… the marinade, the cooking, and the sauce it was served with. 

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40 Day Aged Beef, Taipei Butter Rice

Another OMG dish! Every piece of beef was juicy and delicious, and the rice at the bottom was soo good. And I don’t like rice. 


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This was bloody amazing as well. Every inch of the prawn was seasoned to perfection. Plus, the combination of the egg yolk and sauce was just divine. 

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Ox Tongue

Yes, that was incredibly delicious too. The texture is unique, it is tongue after all, so this might not be for everyone… but if you’re curious go for it and you will not be very pleased you did. 


We loved our dinner at Bao Borough. The vibe is very casual, the service is more more than adequate, and the food is great. It’s my favourite Bao restaurant because of the the grilled options. We recommend for very casual dates, a meal with friends, and everyone that enjoys good food. Bao Borough is very moderately priced. There’s also a private Karaoke room in the basement if you’re interested. 

Cuisine: Taiwanese (Bao Buns & Grills)
Dress Code: Casual
Shiima’s Star Dish: Chilli Chicken Wings
Amen’s Star Dish: Aged Lamb Cutlets
Price: £20-30pp
Rating: 5 out of 5

Bao Borough
13 Stoney Street
London SE1 9AD
Book for 4 or more at SevenRooms
Or call 0203 319 8132

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